The City of Ember is an enticing book that describes the journey of Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow. The City of Ember is a structured city immersed in darkness. The city begins to run out of resources that are essential for the survival and growth of the city. I think this book is exciting, adventurous and engaging for the reader. This journey of Doon and Lina kept me imagining and living in their moments throughout the story.
I would use this book to engage my sixth grade math class. I think by using literature in the classroom can strengthen reading and writing skills along with connecting the reading to math. Students will read the book as a class. The students will create their own city reflecting Lina’s idea of a different city full of buildings and a blue sky. Students will name their city and then label (outline) parallel lines, perpendicular lines, and measure the angles of the buildings. Students can also discuss the availability of their resources such as the food, clothing, and electricity. First, I have included the standards, benchmarks, and indicators for the students to build their own city.
Standard: Geometry and Spatial Sense Standard
Indicator: Classify and describe two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric figures and objects by using their properties; e.g., interior angle measures, perpendicular/parallel sides, congruent angles/sides.
Benchmark: Identify, describe, and classify types of line pairs, angles, two-dimensional figures and three-dimensional objects using their properties.
Lesson Plan (purpose): Identify parallel lines and measure the interior lines of the cities that they create.
Before: Introduce the book and have students discuss what the book may be about based on the cover.
During: Students need to keep note while reading that Lina often imagines a city outside of Ember. Students may need to write a few ideas or characteristics of the images that they may have in mind.